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FIFI discusses food importer issues at 2nd Anniversary Reception
20 Dec 2011
Forum of Indian food importers (FIFI ) celebrated its second anniversary recently at an event held at
ITC Sheraton. The chief guest of the event was Shri V.N Gaur, CEO, FSSAI.
FIFI which represents food & beverage importers from India, work towards providing a common platform for promoting, encouraging and supporting food importers from India and for development and facilitation of the overall trade.
On the Occasion Mr. Amit Lohani (Convenor) of FIFI said "FIFI members contribute more than 800 brands from 50 countries to the Indian retail portfolio, thereby creating new categories and quality benchmarks in food industry. Despite being a small group, FIFI contributes USD 200 million of buying power”. FIFI liaise with various government agencies to undertake a review of Import Policy Regulations and Food Labeling laws to reduce the regulatory burden on food importers without compromising on state revenue and consumer health and safety. Such a review in fresh perspective would provide manifold growth to the general trade leading to improved GDP, he added further.
We wanted an organization to highlight issues like non tariff barriers, high customs duties, pfa laws, inter-state taxation and borders law. The forum also wanted to present a united front to the different government bodies, business forums, trade commissions and international chambers, said Lohani.
FIFI has been bringing forward critical issues facing this industry which includes an increased levels of regulation in the form of quality, documentation, demands for variety and innovation, low profit margins and shelf life management
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